At Nolo we know that consumer access to quality online legal information is important, so we've compiled a one-stop guide to the best legal information on the Web. The sites listed here can help you research the law where you live, find the right government agency, learn about efforts to make the law more accessible to non-lawyers, get detailed information about a particular legal issue, and more.
Law Reform Organizations
For over 30 years, HALT (Help Abolish Legal Tyranny) has worked to make America's civil justice system more accessible, affordable, and fair. The nation's largest legal reform organization offers free do-it-yourself books, guides, and pamphlets, plus the latest news in law reform.
Responsive Law, or Consumers for a Responsive Legal System, works to improve access and accountability in America's civil legal system. Responsive Law tracks legal reform commentary, provides information to help consumers manage their lawyers, and maintains a consumer law blog.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to making government information easily accessible to all, including U.S. court decisions and millions of pages of key government documents, such as hearings and reports.
Raw Law: Cases, Statutes, and Regulations
LII/Legal Information Institutewww.law.cornell.edu
On this website, run by Cornell University Law School, you can find federal and state statutes, regulations, and U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Justia provides access to state and federal statutes and hosts over 2,000 legal blogs. Justia also lets consumers ask questions online and get answers from attorneys.
Oyez is the most comprehensive website covering the U.S. Supreme Court. Read about past and present Justices, learn about cases and issues before the Court, listen to oral arguments, and more.
Government, Courts, and Agencies
The National Center for State Courtswww.NCSC.org
NCSC is an independent, nonprofit organization devoted to improving the courts nationwide.
USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal. Its goal is to make it easy for the public to access federal government information and services online.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kidshttp://bensguide.gpo.gov
Produced by the U.S. Government Printing Office, this website teaches kids how our government works and provides links to other government websites for kids.
Legal Help: Low Income Americans and Consumers
LawHelp (a project of www.probono.net, which assists volunteer attorneys) provides state-by-state links to free local legal aid programs ready to help low- and moderate-income Americans.
Legal Services Corporationwww.LSC.gov
LSC is the grandmother of legal aid programs - a federally funded nonprofit corporation that provides grants to local legal aid programs in all 50 states. On LSC's website, you'll find links to local LSC-funded programs and lots of helpful information about the law.
National Association of Consumer Advocateswww.NACA.net
NACA is a membership organization of attorneys that represent consumers who have been victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices. The NACA website offers tips on the latest consumer scams to watch out for and helps consumers understand how to protect their rights.
GlobaLex, run by the New York University School of Law, is dedicated to international and foreign law. Click on a country name to find information about its government structure and court system and to get useful links.
The United Nationswww.un.org
On the official site of the United Nations, you can find information about peace and security issues, human rights, humanitarian efforts, and international law.
The ABA Journalwww.abajournal.com
The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association. The ABA website has breaking legal news, legal analysis, and more.
Wall Street Journal Law Bloghttp://blogs.wsj.com/law
Check out the Wall Street Journal's legal blog for the latest in legal news and analysis from across the U.S.
Environmental Law Institutewww.eli.org
ELI fosters innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders to make environmental, economic, and social progress. Check out ELI's website for research reports and recent news related to environmental law.
The Center for International Environmental Lawwww.ciel.org
CIEL focuses on using international law and institutions to protect the environment. On CIEL's website you'll find research papers and publications by topic and year, as well as reports on treaty negotiations and the latest environment-related news from around the world.
Civil Rights Organizations
There are hundreds of well-regarded organizations fighting for the individual rights of everyday Americans. Here are just a few.
American Civil Liberties Unionwww.aclu.org
The ACLU has been fighting for individual rights and liberties for over 90 years.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenderswww.glad.org
GLAD has been fighting for the legal rights of LGBT and HIV+ people for more than 30 years.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoplewww.NAACP.org
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Today the NAACP is committed to fighting for social justice for all Americans.
National Women's Law Centerwww.nwlc.org
Since 1972, the NWLC has been fighting to expand the possibilities for women and girls in America.
Specific Areas of the Law
Looking for websites that cover a particular legal issue? Check out Nolo's topic-specific lists of recommended websites: